Thursday, January 10, 2013

First draft


The book blanket grows. These 25 squares are my first draft squares. Somehow, someway, I found enough words and ordered them into enough sentences and paragraphs to finish the first draft of my book.

If I were a novelist I would have written a big fat capital lettered THE END after I typed the last word, but because I am not a novelist, and because the last chapter I wrote was the middle one and not the end one, I didn't.

And even though I am only half way through this book making process. Even though I have lots of edits, some research, lots and lots of making and HEAPS of photo taking ahead of me, I have finished the first draft of my book.

And at the risk of sounding a bit show-offey (I'm sorry) I'm a little bit thrilled. Partly thrilled that this bit is over, partly thrilled that I was actually capable of it and partly because it means the days spent alone tapping away on my computer are numbered.

The first draft bit of my blanket is now big enough to be folded up, used as a lap blanket and hung from a tree. The words of the first draft of my book have been sent in a word document to my editor.

I am both excited and terrified for what the next 25 squares of book making will hold.

Big love and thanks so much for your kindness.

xx

41 comments:

  1. Well done!! Loving your blanket and looking forward to your book. Sarah

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  2. what the heck?!!!
    didn't you ONLY just start writing it?
    you are amazing Foxy!

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  3. Such pride is well-placed, you have done so well with both endeavors.

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  4. You are amazing to have made such progress in such a short time ( you are allowed to shout from the rooftops) I just finished ie completed my first crochet cushion that has taken close to a disgraceful two years and I intend to live high on the glory for at least a week. mel x

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  5. This is fantastic news, Kate! Yay!

    Sar x

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  6. fantastic and congratulations!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  7. Congratulations! I imagine the first draft is the most difficult part of the whole process.

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  8. it looks beautiful. May I ask what cotton you are using?

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  9. Well done! Your blanket is beautiful, and I'm sure the book is too!
    xx

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  10. oh the book and the blanket sound and look so exiting!!! enjoy the process of both xx

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  11. Fantastic Kate. Congrats on this first milestone.

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  12. Gosh so excited for you Kate!
    Just keep doing what you're doing
    and you'll get there!xx

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  13. A book! Your own book! And so quickly! Lady you are allowed to write a song and serenade us with it for that, and we will dance to the tune with enthusiasm. What a great achievement x

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  14. Yah for you, Kate! Half way there. So you should be proud of yourself. What a fantastic effort. I bet you can't wait to take the photos. Enjoy! xx

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  15. you know i am so excited about your book. i just know it is going to be one that i will want to buy. how can i tell that when i don't even know what its about? have a lovely weekend x

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  16. So excited for you! Can't wait to get an autographed copy to add to my bookshelf.

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  17. you should be thrilled! and proud and excited! well done you! x

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  18. I think it's amazing that you have found all those words so quickly!

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  19. If your book is anything like your blankie, it'll be fantastic. A big pat on the back is surely deserved.

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  20. Congratulations Kate!!! Bet you're doing a bit of a happy dance right now : -)

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  21. Yaaaaaay! You are on a roll. Well done!!! Time for you to lean back for just a moment (phew) breath in and feel good about yourself before the adventure continues. And that blanket will be a real heirloom with an amazing story and history behind when it is finished. That is where the beauty is in anything hand stitched.

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  22. what a beautiful happy blanket!

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  23. Your blanket is beautiful! Those colours are to die for! xoxo, Jess

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  24. You did it, you did it! HUZZAH!
    My next piece of advice is to edit the shit out of it. Slash and burn, baby! It's so worth it xx

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  25. That is a gorgeous blanket, I love the colours and patterns. And well done on your first draft, that's the hardest bit out of the way.

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  26. Oh wow! How exciting and super inspiring! And that blanket is making me smile from ear to ear.
    Sophie x

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  27. Yeeeaaaahhh!!!!! Big congrats. May the editing process not be a hard slog and you not get sick of re-reading your words over and over and over again. I am looking forward to seeing the end product.

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  28. Kate this is so wonderful, you should be thrilled!! What an achievement..x

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  29. thinking of you with current immediate bushfire threat to Daylesford and environs. Take care

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  30. We knew you could do it! Congratulations, and I hope the rest of the process is thrilling!

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  31. Well done Kate. Hope your book will be available outside of Australia! Lovely crochet goodness and, as always, lovely Miss Pepper, give all your girlies a kiss from me (and Bren, that's if you don't mind too much [or him, come to that], lol)!
    Jak x

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  32. You never know. It might come back with a "perfect" stamp on it and all the yucky editing part of the process might be by-passed ;)

    Seriously though- how exciting! You do know that I will be wanting an autographed copy, don't you?

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  33. Yay, CONGRATULATIONS. You deserve to feel proud. Puff out your chest my dear. You have done well.
    The blanket also looks great.

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  34. Hi Kate have been thinking of you with the fires all around, hope one and all are ok. looking forward to a published book to read.
    xx Sandi

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  35. Well done on the first draft! :)

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  36. Light and love. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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